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BY Marc Shapiro
September 4, 2013

For SONiA Rutstein, releasing her new album in Baltimore was a no-brainer. “This is my community,” the singer-songwriter and leader of Disappear Fear said via email. “From my bat mitzvah at Beth El Congregation, classmates at Pikesville High, being a member of Beit Tikvah now … these are my peeps.” Disappear Fear releases its CONTINUE »

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Despite our differences, can we get along?
September 4, 2013

This year, the Torah portions Nitzavim and Vayelech were read together on Aug. 30. However, Nitzavim is considered to be related to Rosh Hashanah and Vayelech to Yom Kippur. Both parshiot have similar messages — they speak about Jewish unity. According to Torah commentators, on Rosh Hashanah (in Nitzavim), the Jewish unity referred to is CONTINUE »

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New Israel Engagement Center offers opportunity for Jewish Baltimore to better connect to Israel
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 4, 2013

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore recently announced the launch of an Israel Engagement Center to develop and fund strategies and initiatives that help connect Jewish Baltimore to Israel. It is not a physical center, it is a concept — of making Israel more central in our community’s mind. Co-chairing the initiative are Michael CONTINUE »

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Baltimore’s Masa-Israel Action Network fellow plans to set record straight about Israel
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 4, 2013

Masa Israel Journey and the Israel Action Network recently launched their inaugural Masa-Israel Action Network Fellowship, in which alumni of long-term, immersive Masa Israel programs gain insight about the State of Israel advocacy in the United States and receive tools to help them counter the assault on Israel’s legitimacy in their communities. The goal of CONTINUE »

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New pediatric dentist at area practice brings philosophy of education and prevention
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 4, 2013

There are many words that one can use to describe Dr. Julie Blumenfeld, such as artist or educator. This past July, she added pediatric dentist to the list, when she took on her first full-time professional role as a member of the team of Stevenson Smiles. Affectionately known as Dr. Julie, Dr. Blumenfeld is focusing CONTINUE »